Huawei in talks to license 5G to US companies, WIPO report shows a decline in US patent applications in 2018, Apple wants to build its own 5G chips by 2022, and more stories.
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Even though Huawei has been blacklisted by the US government, it may soon be licensing its 5G technology to US companies. A Huawei executive revealed that the Chinese-based company has been in talks with US companies about both long-term agreements and even one-off deals, but this executive has also admitted that “it would take a long journey to really finalize everything.” Fears that Huawei equipment could be used to spy on customers have caused some in the US government to call for it to be banned. However, the US currently has no 5G provider of its own, and Huawei is seen by some as a cheaper option than European providers Ericcson and Nokia. • Read the full story.
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has released its annual report entitled “World Intellectual Property Indicators 2019″. The report reviews filing statistics for 2018, and it revealed that the number of US patent applications filed had declined for the first time since 2009. This has caused some in America to express concern, especially since patent applications in other countries around the world have continued to rise, particularly in China, which saw patent filing grow by 11.6 percent. Overall, patent filing around the world grew by 5 percent in 2018. • Read the full story.
Apple has ambitious plans to build its own 5G modem for its iPhones. After a billion-dollar deal with Intel this July to purchase Intel’s modem business, Apple seems eager to start to see some return on its investment. The blockbuster deal, which involved thousands of wireless patents as well as the hiring of 2,200 Intel engineers by Apple, was widely seen as an important step in enabling the company to start to produce its own chips. Apple reportedly hopes to be able to produce its own 5G chip by 2022, but some industry experts predict that 2023 is a more realistic date for Apple to accomplish this goal. • Read the full story.
CEIVA Logic has filed a lawsuit against Amazon for patent infringement. The lawsuit involves two of CEIVA’s US patents: 6,442,573 and 9,654,562. According to the complaint, CEIVA’s ‘573 patent has been infringed by Amazon’s Echo Show, Fire, and Kindle products, and the ‘562 patent has been infringed by Amazon’s server systems and its Echo Show and Fire products • Read the full story.
AI-company BrainChip has received a new patent for an AI dynamic neural network. In particular, the new patent (US patent 10,410,117) focuses on a dynamic neural network found in an AI device. Training models can be stored in a library, and the library can then, in turn, be utilized to train another device. This invention has been credited to Peter Van der Made, the founder and CTO of BrainChip. • Read the full story.